Injury-riddled Bills rule out S Poyer and TE Knox for game against Steelers
ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — On Friday, the Buffalo Bills ruled out starting safety Jordan Poyer and starting tight end Dawson Knox from playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.
Poyer, who leads the NFL with four steals, will miss his second game in three weeks, this time with a rib injury. Knox will miss his first game this season with foot and hamstring injuries.
The Bills are 3-1, while the Steelers (1-3) have lost three straight and are looking to rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett to make his first career start.
Cornerback Christian Benford (broken hand) and backup receivers Jake Kumerow (high ankle sprain) and Jamison Crowder (broken ankle) were also ruled out for a second straight week.
On the bright side, receiver Isaiah McKenzie (concussion) practiced hard Friday and is listed as questionable. Defensive tackles Ed Oliver (ankle) and Jordan Phillips (hamstring) and starting linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring) are also questionable.
Poyer’s injury is depleting an already thin secondary, with fellow starting safety Micah Hyde placed on season-ending IR two weeks ago with a neck injury.
The offense led by Josh Allen will also be less multi-target, with the team currently carrying three healthy receivers, not counting McKenzie.